Wellness Champions are individuals, groups, departments that currently embody the Okanagan Charter through their everyday work. These stories celebrate individuals that support wellness in our learning, working, and living environment.
Do you know someone who is going above and beyond to support the wellbeing of students, staff, or faculty? Please tell us about their story.
The Benefits of Connecting with Others: Belonging Matters
An individual’s wellbeing and sense of belonging are closely related. When we talk about belonging, it is often described as feeling like an important member of a group or community. Without this feeling of belonging, individuals can start to feel socially isolated or lonely, which affects overall wellbeing.
Teaching to Make an Impact
The importance of health and wellness in the classroom is something Cealan Wang works hard to achieve. Wang, recipient of the Amit and Meena Chakma Award for Exceptional Teaching by a Student (2019), knows that creating a healthy and engaging learning environment goes beyond simply giving information.
The Importance of Community in the Workplace
With the demands of work, creating and maintaining a resilient community within the workplace can be a challenge.
Wellness Champion: Professor Creates Thriving Classrooms with Student-Focused Teaching Practices
Dr. Kelly Anthony Consistently Receives Praise from Students for Teaching Methods.
Wellness Champion: Engineering Staff Member Develops Yoga Program for UWaterloo Staff
Kathy Becker, an engineering staff member, secured funding from the Staff Excellence Fund to promote wellness amongst staff through yoga program.
Wellness Champion: Handmade with Love provides gifts to graduate students taking parental leave
University of Waterloo Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) staff knit for graduate students on parental leave to let students know they are supported beyond their academic life.
Wellness Champion: Move Your Mind Program breaks down barriers to physical activity
Program run by Athletics and Recreation helps students experience the physical, emotional, mental and cognitive benefits of exercise.
Wellness Champion: Students Create Religiously Relevant Supports for Students
University of Waterloo students' drive to find support for Muslim students leads to creation of two Muslim chaplain positions.
Wellness Champion: Feeding the Wellness of International Students
University of Waterloo Information Systems Specialist develops breakfast club to encourage social connections.
Wellness Champion: Moments of Mindfulness During Lectures
University of Waterloo lecturer incorporates mindfulness practices into class structure.